A pleasing comeback for Modeyra in the Lanwades Stud Severals Stakes yesterday capped a sparkling 1,700/1 four-timer for Frankie Dettori at Newmarket.
The Italian snatched four winners on the curtain-raiser to Champions' Day, with three of the smaller events as well as the competitive all-aged Listed fillies' contest going his way.
Modeyra is dear to the heart of Dettori's main employers Godolphin as she is a Darley Stud home-bred, but had been off the racecourse since making a winning debut at Doncaster almost a year ago. Sent off at 13/2, the three-year-old sneaked up the rail and quickened away to leave slightly unlucky-looking 15/8 favourite Timepiece a length and a half adrift.
"She had some tiny problems but I like her and she will improve a lot for the race," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "She is out of our Group One winner (Zahrat Dubai) and by Shamardal, so she means a lot to us. We will keep her for next year and keep the options open this year -- she could run here, in Italy or elsewhere abroad."
Brian Meehan has major juvenile targets in mind for Mantoba (8/1) after Dettori helped him overcome several unbeaten rivals in the Bet At Bluesq.com Houghton Conditions Stakes. Mantoba, which shed his maiden tag at Newbury late last month, faced a stiff challenge from the 15/8 joint-favourites Dordogne and Loving Spirit approaching the final furlong, but found a little more when Dettori applied the pressure and eventually won by two and a quarter lengths.
"I'm very pleased with that," said Meehan. "On Wednesday I put him in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud and that's a possibility, as is the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Frankie said we've not remotely seen the best of him and the horse has done nothing but improve."
Dettori swooped late on Argocat (11/1) to deprive the hot favourite El Muqbil in the EBF Anglo Hibernian Bloodstock Insurance Maiden Stakes.
"He's been very backward and a bit of a slow learner but the further he went the better," said trainer Paul Cole. "I think he's got a future."
Dettori then put the seal on a memorable afternoon when Godolphin's Willing Foe, the 11/10 favourite, emerged the layers' nemesis in the concluding handicap.
Another soon to be on his travels is the wily Tazeez, which always had the Richard Hambro Darley Stakes within his grasp under Richard Hills. Steele Tango and last year's Doncaster St Leger winner Mastery, back after a long lay-off, threatened the 3/1 favourite but could never quite assert control.
"He's a Cambridgeshire winner and obviously that's the same track and trip as this race," trainer John Gosden said. "He is a six-year-old which loves travelling and we've got a couple of options to think about in America and Hong Kong."
William Haggas continued his dominance of the EBF National Stud Boadicea Fillies' Stakes as Dever Dream made it four in a row for the Newmarket stable. Ryan Moore found a telling finish on the favourite to lead just before the line.
Andrew Balding's Desert Law (7/4 favourite) was plunged into the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury last time, and victory in the EBF Maiden Stakes always looked like being a formality.
Meanwhile, Paul Hanagan moved an important step closer to landing his first jockeys' championship with a timely treble at Redcar yesterday.
The trio of winning favourites took the northern-based rider nine wins clear of his title rival Richard Hughes (175-166), who drew a blank at Newmarket on his last day in the saddle before he serves a six-day suspension.
At Cheltenham, there was an Irish one-two in the opening novice hurdle when Paul Carberry guided Gordon Elliott's Final Day to a half-length victory over Queiros Blue from the Henry de Bromhead yard.
Amateur rider Mickey Fogarty -- successful aboard Admiral Barry in the big Monday night feature at Galway this summer -- made a flying visit to the track pay off by partnering the Peter Bowen-trained Quattrocento to an impressive success in the Cheltenham Business Club Handicap Chase.